Navigating the Website
The Next Generation website is organized into five sections:
Lessons & Worksheets
There are lessons and worksheets for each of the program's five themes: risk, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, and financial planning. These sections include:
- Educator's Guide—Each module includes a PDF guide with tips for implementing the lessons and answers to the student worksheets.
- Student Worksheets—Printables include glossaries, handouts, and worksheets as individual PDFs so that you can print the pages to use with your class. As you review each lesson, we recommend that you have a copy of the student worksheets available so that you can review the relevant student documents.
- Pre-/Post-Unit Quizzes—For each topic, there's a downloadable quiz that you can use as an assessment tool to determine students' prior knowledge and/or evaluate their understanding of the lessons presented. Interactive versions of these quizzes are also available in the student section for students to complete on their own. See www.scholastic.com/nextgeneration/studentresources.htm
- Videos—There is a featured video for each unit and a guide with suggestions for integrating these videos into the lessons and presenting them to students. A complete list of videos is available in the separate video section on the site.
Note: You can also download a PDF of the complete Educator's Guide from the link below. You may choose to provide students with a printout of all the student pages, or you may want to copy and distribute individual activity sheets related to the lesson you're teaching.
A series of videos has been included to complement the lessons and reinforce key messages presented in the program. Several of the videos describe real-life scenarios told from the perspective of the teenagers who experienced them. These videos illustrate the importance of insurance protection to help students understand how insurance could impact their lives. In addition, there are several humorous videos designed to present financial-management messages in a more lighthearted way.
The videos have been included to help you launch the lessons and engage students in discussions. Notations in the Educator's Guide in the "Lessons & Worksheets" section include suggestions for when to incorporate the videos into the learning modules.
Each video includes a brief description and the total running time. As with the lessons, we recommend that you preview the videos before sharing them with students. In addition, you will also find a downloadable video guide with previewing and post-viewing questions for several of the program's featured videos.
The student section of the website has been designed for you to share with students. Students can access this section of the site only by going to www.scholastic.com/nextgeneration/studentresources.htm. When you click on "Student Resources" from the teacher site, it will open in a new browser window, which is what students will see.
Explore the "Student Resources" and direct your students to this site for the following materials:
- Quizzes—Interactive versions of each of the five pre-/post-unit quizzes are available for students to complete on their own. Once they complete a quiz, students can print their answers and discuss them in class.
- Glossaries—Key terms related to each of the five modules or themes are available for students to access as they complete worksheets and exercises.
- Family Activities—These are activities for students to use with their families. Encourage students to take these activities home and share them with their parents and caregivers to find out what kinds of insurance and financial-planning strategies their families use. Help students start dialogues with their families as they themselves become more aware of and interested in the relevance of financial protection and planning in their own lives.
- Videos—Students can watch the videos related to each module.
The lessons and activities satisfy a number of learning standards in financial literacy as well as other subjects such as life skills, math, and language arts. Where possible, we have linked lessons to these content standards within each module. The site includes a matrix that aligns the lessons and activities with national education standards.
- National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education: http://jumpstart.org/national-standards.html
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: www.nctm.org/standards
- Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning: http://www2.mcrel.org/compendium/browse.asp
- Common Core State Standards Initiative: www.corestandards.org/the-standards
The list of helpful links includes resources that may be useful to you as reference when teaching students about insurance and financial planning.